Frederick Bodnarus from Saskatoon was this year’s winner.
Sponsored by Auctioneer’s Association of Alberta, the Canadian All Around Auctioneer’s Championship took place on Feb. 4 in Red Deer. This was the first one they’ve had since 2020, due to COVID-19.
“We had competitors from three provinces. There was 15 competitors in total in the all-around competition,” said President of The Auctioneers Association of Alberta Shane Menzak.
The championship was held in conjunction with their convention.
This year’s winner was Frederick Bodnarus from Saskatoon.
There was a panel of five judges, who judge based on personal appearance, professionalism and more.
“They go through the first round. Each participant sells four items and they get judged and marked. After the first round they take the top five out of the group of 15 and they come back and sell another four items in the final round. Then they’re judged again and the scores are added together, and then the top winner of both rounds gets the championship,” said Menzak.
Each competitor brings two of their own items to sell and then the other two that they would sell in the preliminary round are donated by either businesses, or the Association would donate them. In the final round all are donated items.
“The Auctioneer’s Association for the last 10 to 15 years does a joint project with both the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton and the children’s hospital in Calgary, and it’s basically a framed art print that one of the kids that would have been in the hospital at one point in time drew, and then they make prints of that and we sell those prints as fundraisers throughout the year, so a few of those items were those prints.”
The money then gets donated to the hospitals, and this year around $1,200 was donated.
One of the competitors at this year’s event from Drayton Valley was Justin Meyers, who placed second.
“I was the Canadian Reserve Champion this year. The whole convention was a great success,” he said.
By: Carlie Sanderson